Dental Implants have been used for over 40 years and are one of the most successful treatment options in dentistry today. They are made of medical grade titanium and no biological reaction has ever been reported.
Dental Implants allow the replacement of missing teeth with a substitute tooth that looks, acts and feels like a natural tooth. When you are missing a natural tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap may shift and tip over into the space. This makes it harder to clean these teeth and decay or gum disease may result.
An implant can fill the gap and maintain the rest of your natural teeth in the ideal position and prevent them becoming crooked. An implant can also replace a denture that you have worn for years.
About The Procedure
In most cases, the dental implant procedure involves three separate treatment stages:
- Insertion of the implant.
- Insertion or the abutment (or connector) on the implant.
- Attachment of the artificial tooth (crown) to the abutment.
Depending on the patient's oral and general health, the total procedure can take from three to six months or more, from surgical placement of the implant to fitting of the final restoration. Implants in the upper jaw may require longer healing periods.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
- Look natural and healthy and integrate harmoniously with your smile.
- Have 40 years of recorded success.
- Are long lasting.
- Can improve your overall oral health and psychological health.
- Like natural teeth, can be cleaned by dental floss and brushing with regular toothpaste.
- They usually do not require separate care routines or special cleaning products, as with dentures.
- Help to withstand greater bite pressures than dentures.
- Are usually more comfortable than dentures.
- Unlike bridges, do not require the reshaping of neighbouring healthy teeth.
- Prevent bone loss in the jaw (this may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose).
- Prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks, which can occur after tooth extractions (missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw).
- Are usually surrounded by gum tissue like natural teeth.
- May prevent gum recession.
- Long term, they are less expensive (in time and money) than other conventional dental treatments.